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Dr Caren Nurcombe-Thorne to Join Medical Committee

Children’s charity Tree of Hope has strengthened its Medical Committee with the appointment of Dr Caren Nurcombe-Thorne. Caren is a GP Partner at the Parks Medical practice in Rochester where she has been for the last 7 years. She has also recently become a clinical supervisor which involves supervising Foundation Year 2 doctors during their time in General Practice.Caren Nurcombe-Thorne

Caren completed her medical training in South Africa and has a keen interest in paediatrics.

Gill Gibb, CEO at Tree of Hope comments: “We are delighted to have Caren on-board with Tree of Hope. She brings with her not only a wealth of medical knowledge and expertise, but her experiences as a fundraiser and as a parent navigating the world of additional needs. We have much to learn from Caren, and look forward to working together to shape the charity’s future.”

Caren moved to the UK in 2004 with her husband Andrew. They have two daughters Rachel who is 10 and Bethany who is almost 4 and live in Hildenborough.

Rachel has Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair dependent, but more importantly is a happy, loving and sociable little girl, growing and learning to be the best that she can be. Caren first came into contact with Tree of Hope when friends were fundraising for their son.

Dr Caren Nurcombe-Thorne comments: “I have always loved working with children, and since having a daughter with cerebral palsy, I have thought often about ways in which I could get involved in supporting others. Working with Tree of Hope, is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me, as I get to draw on some of my medical background, but more importantly, my experience as a mum in the special needs world! I have also seen how vital Tree of Hope has been in helping our friends to fundraise, in order to get life changing treatment and therapy for their child, which has been a great success.”

Tree of Hope’s Medical Committee supports the Board of Trustees with regards to reviewing the healthcare support that Tree of Hope funds. They are involved in reviewing requests for new treatments and services through analysis of available research. They are also tasked with reviewing new illnesses or syndromes to ensure that any support offered by Tree of Hope is within their objectives and appropriate. Outcomes of a sample of treatments and services are also reviewed ensuring that money has been spent according to the fundraised aims and that the treatment has had the desired effect. Caren will as part of the Medical Committee be involved in reviewing a sample of historical cases (3+ years ago) to understand the longer term impact of services undertaken.

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